The Sword?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 King 14-15; Luke 22:31-46

 

 

35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”

They said, “Nothing.”

36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37  I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminalsIndeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”

38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”

He replied, “Enough of that!” (Luke 22:35-38, Common English Bible)

I wish I had a picture of what my desk looks like when I sit down to do serious Bible Study. The kind of study when you really have to get down and dig into Scriptures. My desk doesn’t look so much so much like it anymore. With the improvements to computers and the internet, much of the time I am doing just about everything online. With certain Bible apps, I can have eight or ten or even more versions of the Bible opened at once. That can leave much of the room on my desk for stacks of commentaries. But, back in my seminary days, well, that didn’t work so well. It would look much like a combination of the three above. Today, well not so much.

If I really wanted to get at what Jesus is saying in today’s lesson I might have to make my desk appear much like it was back in the days of having eight translations and two paraphrases piked on my desk. Even then I’m not so sure I would get the full meaning in the context of this passage.

Well, I am going to try to make Paul’s words to the Ephesians fit in with Jesus’ words in today’s lesson. Paul says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word” (Ephesians 6:17, Common English Bible).

As I read today’s lesson my mind immediately flashed to these words of Paul’s. The words particularly echoed in my thoughts when I read Jesus saying, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one.” Jesus tells all to go out and buy a sword? Throughout Jesus’ life he never really talks about the need for offensive weapons and here he says sell whatever you have, if that is what it takes, to go buy a sword. Really? Hince his remark when “they” (I tend to think I see Peter’s fine hand here) said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” To which Jesus replies, “Enough of that!”

That doesn’t sound to me much like a guy interested in offensive weapons. But, could he be talking about a “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God?” Such would be just the kind of thing we could see and hear Jesus telling the world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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